From what I've heard about Malifaux, it seems like a fun game to play with an exceptionally low barrier to entry. The crew above costs something in the way of 70$, and the models are packed with detail. The game mechanic is based on a deck of cards rather than dice, which I think gives it that certain something "else" that many other games lack. By all accounts, there was a lot of passion and creativity put into the design of the game, the miniature design makes that quite evident. The only bad thing I've heard is that the rules are in need of a once-over by a technical writer.
From a modeling/painting aspect, the only thing I can say is "ugh, metal." I hate metal models. My difficulty was mitigated this time around by recently becoming acquainted with some of the more advanced greenstuff techniques and a primer that does a bang up job on metal. Seriously, outside of colored primers, I don't think I'll ever use anything other than Krylon grey primer.
All the best,